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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Memory Summary & Analysis

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Memory Summary

In lines 1-6: The speaker of the poem is saying that he must keep track of everything, inch by inch, down to the blades of grass. He must record the long lines at the railway, the "textured face of pain."

In lines 7-15: If he gets one minute detail wrong, he will have to recreate the whole scene.

In line 16: Neruda asks that we take pity on the poet.

In lines 17-22: He says he has always been one quick to forget. His hands grasped at only the intangible and unrelated things.

In lines 23-28: He remembers the smoke; it was an aroma, and a sleeping body which was awakened to his kisses. Do not ask him the date of these events, or ask him to recall what he dreamed.

In lines 29-34: He explains that his memory is akin to a firefly...

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